“Love Songs” A Special Evening of Love Songs for Valentines Day featuring Matt Bishop of Hey Marseilles, Tom Wilson of Ivan and Alyosha and Kaylee Cole @ Columbia City Theater| 2/14 | $10 (Get Tickets) | 21+
Looking for Valentines Day ideas? Consider heading down to Columbia City Theater where three talented Seattle-based musicians serenade you with “Love Songs.” Slated to perform are Hey Marseilles’ Matt Bishop, Ivan and Alyosha’s Tim Wilson, and solo artist Kaylee Cole.
After releasing a 7” entitled “Elegy” in November, Hey Marseilles have just announced an that they will be performing at this year’s Sasquatch Festival. Lead Singer Matt Bishop’s appearance tomorrow night should help to satiate fans who have been eagerly awaiting Hey Marseilles’ sophomore release, due out sometime this Winter.
In November, Lindsey Scully gave us the rundown on Elegy:
Hey Marseilles is known for their energy and fun-filled live shows. While a majority of their songs start slow they always build crescendo and tend to emit energy onto the audience. One of their upcoming singles “Cafe Lights” off their new EP has the same effect; it starts out with Matt Bishop singing alongside an acoustic guitar plucking then you hear the slight cello notes in the background and two minutes into the song it changes into a Waltz style. “Cafe Lights” clocks in at a hefty 6:09 but the song itself changes pace and style so many times throughout that you feel like you’ve listened to three separate songs that all flow together quite easily. One of the reasons Hey Marseilles stands out from the rest is how they can sound so exotic with Bishop’s vocals as well as instruments such as the accordion. They have a true European market feel to them which is why they might slightly remind you of Beirut.
To get a better idea of their sound, check out the band’s video for “Rio.”
Russian Literature fans recognize the names Ivan and Alyosha as characters from Dostoevsky’s the Brothers Karamozov, but for Seattle music followers, this moniker probably evokes a slightly different association. In 2007, Tim Wilson began using the aforementioned eponym as an indie folk solo musician. Over the years, Ivan and Alyosha have gone through a few stages of expansion, evolving from a duo to a quartet and garnering critical acclaim along the way. After releasing an EP entitled the Verse, the Chorus in April of 2010, the band’s track “Easy to Love” was honored with an NPR Song of the Day pick. Ivan and Alyosha have also recently partnered with Pledge Music to support the release of their debut album. Fans can participate by pledging money in exchange for CDs, T-shirts, and Skype shows from the band. Learn more about that opportunity here.
To get an idea of what you can expect from Tim Wilson, check out footage of Ivan and Alyosha performing “Easy to Love” on Audioasis here:
Singer Songwriter Kaylee Cole made waves performing at Bumbershoot this year. Despite being one of the festival’s most highly anticipated local acts, the singer lived up to expectations and remains one of Seattle’s most promising new musicians. At the time, SSG’s Nikki Benson reported that Cole had been flying back and forth between Seattle and Los Angeles to record a new full length LP produced by TV on the Radio’s Dave Sitek, slated for release in early 2012. Anticipation for this effort is still high, so hopefully we’ll see a new record from the Seattle Songstress any day now. Meanwhile, fans are sure to enjoy her lush vocal contributions to Valentines classics tomorrow night. For a taste of her sound, enjoy this footage of Cole performing “David,” a track from her EP Always Going Home, on City Arts Magazine’s The Song Show:
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